Belfast has thankfully put its troubled past behind it and is now thriving. Its economic development can be seen in the modernization of the city, but there is still respect for the past. This make Belfast a fun mixture of old and new.
Belfast, the capital city of Northern Ireland, is a Victorian era industrial powerhouse which has witnessed a striking process of regeneration in the last two decades. Tourist numbers have increased enormously thanks to a fascination with the Titanic, constructed in the shipyards here, as well as the TV show Game of Thrones, much of which was filmed nearby. A city center walk starts on the northeast side of central Belfast at the impressive Titanic Belfast exhibit on the banks of the Lagan, a memorable and moving tribute to the doomed liner. A stroll down the river to the central area offers sightseeing opportunities that include the 19th century Romanesque St. Anne's cathedral. Adjacent to the restored Victorian Grand Opera House is the world famous Europa Hotel on Great Victoria Street, which was a favorite media hangout during the Troubles. The same goes for the beautifully ornate Crown Liquor Saloon on the opposite side of the street, one of the region's most decorative bars. Belfast city center has no shortage of traditional pubs, as well. The scene offers live music, notably at the Dirty Onion or Kelly's Cellars, which are centuries-old establishments where you can enjoy a pint and Ireland's celebrated craic, that mysterious combination of wit, bonhomie and magic.